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TomFran

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2624 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: laminate trimmers

Fellow woodworkers,
I have received some gift money for Father’s Day that I have not spent yet. I have been considering buying a laminate trimmer at Lowes (a DeWalt), but would like some thoughts on how much one would use this tool. I have seen it used for hinge mortising and for doing quick roundovers on cabinets.

Do any of you have any thoughts on how much you use yours. If I had more money I would buy a DowelMax, but it’s going to take quite a few Father’s Day’s before I have enough for that. I would welcome any input.

Thanks in advance!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28


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WayneC

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#1 posted 2624 days ago

I’ve had my eye on the Bosch Colt for a while. Also, the Rigid was a best value in one of the recent reviews if I remember correctly.

I only own full-size routers at the moment.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mot

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#2 posted 2624 days ago

Hi Tom,

I have the dewalt and it’s a worthy little tool. When I purchased it, it wasn’t able to accept guide bushings. That is the one feature that I would look towards having. Also, it’s base is REALLY small so I find it to be most useful for flush trimming. They are quite controllable to even hold on the edge of a 3/4” board. As for any real grunt work, it doesn’t have the ponies. Also, for doing any round overs, I much prefer using an offset base on a full sized router just to maintain control. I like having it in my shop as it’s the “right tool for the job,” from time to time, but it also plays the role of, “trying to find something to do with it.”

I think the Bosch rates the highest and the Ridgid rates best value, but check on that guide bushing thing as it might be a perfect router for doing dovetails in smaller pieces on a jig as it’s less to balance on most dt jigs.

Just my thoughts.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Karson

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#3 posted 2624 days ago

I have the PC version with all of the separate bases for trimming laminate overlap to give even seams etc. I don’t use it much but it’s handy.

I also have a Hitachi. It looks like it might be sold now as a Trend Router, they look the same. It’s a small router with soft start and it’s also has a plunge base with a full size base. It’s useful for using for smaller applications like lettering with letter kits etc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2624 days ago

My vote would be for the Colt VS with the bases.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EJX202/ref=wl_it_dp/102-4899244-3158534?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1VNNVLTT8EL1Z&colid=9KF1ZHCSKI41

I don’t think Lowe’s has the kit, just the router. Or you could buy my used Porter-Cable Laminate Trim router, so that I don’t feel like a conspicuous consumptor, and I’ll get the kit ;^D

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 2624 days ago

A change on my post. It is not a Hitachi router it is a Frued Router but everyelse is the same. It is also a Variable speed I just got an e-mail from Klingspor with the router on sale for 79.95

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 2624 days ago

Hello Tom,

I have a Porter Cable, and I use it about 25% of the time versus 75% one of my full size ones.
It is nice since you can use it one handed and does work great for hinge mortising.
Works good for trimming veneers also.
I don’t think there is a lot of need to buy an expensive one though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 2624 days ago

Thanks to everyone for your helpful insights. All of your comments are greatly appreciated.

Wayne, Aren’t Rigid’s sold at Home Depot?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2624 days ago

I use one just about every day. The Dewalt and Bosch both had bases that broke. First they cut at a 90 deg. then at 85 deg. then they just broke off. The Porta-cable is supported on both sides of the bit and has held up much better. They will probably stand up to personnal use.

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TomFran

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#9 posted 2624 days ago

Thanks Dennis. Gary had said that he liked the Porter Cable also, and it was reasonably priced on Amazon.com.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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WayneC

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#10 posted 2624 days ago

Rigid is sold at home depot. I’ll dig around my Magazine stack and see if I can find the review.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TomFran

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#11 posted 2624 days ago

Thanks Wayne!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 2624 days ago

If you buy it at Amazon use LumberJocks link to Amazon and Martin gets a cut to keep this web site going. Click on the Woodworking Store.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TomFran

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#13 posted 2624 days ago

Karson, I’ll do it. (you are serious, right?)

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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WayneC

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#14 posted 2624 days ago

He is. Use the woodworking store link above.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 2623 days ago

Tom,
I have the Bosch and love it. I probably use it as much if not more than my full size router. I would be it again with out doubt!

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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